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Guide for housework haters
January 15, 2014, 12:01 pm

You believe there is more to life than wasting hours scrubbing floors, cleaning bathrooms and dusting — hours that could be spent with your feet up, sipping coffee and reading magazines or watching movies. Below is a cheat-sheet on doing household chores for the housework hater.

If it smells clean, it must be clean:  Choose an extra strength fabric-refresher and spray it everywhere: carpets, curtains, furniture. You will trick your nostrils into believing your home smells fresh and aired out. Give the bathroom sink a quick wipe down with a multi-purpose disinfectant, then pour some into the toilet bowl, swish around, and you are done.

Out of sight, out of mind: Every household should have a junk cupboard or room, depending on how much storage one needs, to stash everything from the odd socks and old magazines to toys, cardboard boxes or any other bits and pieces littering the home. Then it is just a matter of grabbing your laundry basket, taking a quick whirl around the house to collect things left on the floor and throwing them in the junk room to sort out whenever you find time.

Reduce vacuuming time: Every lazy girl knows you never move furniture to vacuum under it; you go around it. But did you know that by sticking strictly to the areas where your family members actually walk through, you could save yourself at least an hour.

If it collects dust, bin it: While trinkets and mementoes from overseas trips might look lovely, it is not like they have an actual purpose. They are what we call dust collectors, and there is only one place for them: the garbage bin. Anything that makes housework harder should be tossed, hidden in the garage or sold on eBay.

Make excuses:  While there is nothing wrong with cheating on housework, your mother-in-law or visitors might not share your feelings — always have a few decent excuses you can resort to in a pinch

Use a clothes dryer: Think of the time you will save from not having to peg all your wet clothes on the line outside. Using a dryer is also helpful for removing pet fur and the escapee tissue that makes it into the wash only to disintegrate into million tiny pieces. Plus, giving your clothes a good shake once they’re fresh out of the dryer will help you avoid ironing.

Never dry dishes: If you don’t own a dishwasher, make sure that when your family has finished eating, they rinse their plates clean. Then, when it is time to wash the dishes, all you have to do is dunk them in boiling, soapy water and leave them to dry on the dish rack.

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